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Picture of (Almost) Free Magnetic Mount for GoPro camera
I needed a way to easily mount 2 GoPro cameras to video snow blowing action by the Kubota tractor (before the snow melted). I wanted one camera on the tractor and the other on the  car parked in the snowed-in driveway.  

Luckily I saved the packaging materials that came with the GoPro cameras - and the packaging  happens to include a square plastic base with an integral GoPro base mount - perhaps something that's meant to be thrown away.

I ended up securing two neodymium magnets to the plastic base so that I can quickly mount and unmount the cameras to any magnetic surface.

It took just a short time to make the magnetic bases and they now are an important part of my GoPro camera gear.

The included video shows the snow blowing action that I captured with the help of my GoPro magnetic camera mounts.

Step 1: Attaching magnets to the plastic base

Picture of Attaching magnets to the plastic base
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Epoxy will likely hold the magnetics to the plastic base securely enough but I happened to have some steel "magnet cups" on hand that attach with flat head screws. For this project I used wood screws but flat head machine screws and nuts would be a better alternative. 
 
CJR20001 month ago

So simple but effective!!

nlinventor (author)  CJR20001 month ago

They are very handy - lately I've used them on my truck to video my wind turbine that I have mounted in the truck box. I hope to do an instructable on that project later.

SO GOOD! AND CLEVER! Thanks for sharing your project.

nlinventor (author)  audreyobscura1 year ago

Thanks! Sorry for delay in answering but had trouble responding to comments.

alcurb1 year ago

Now if something can be made with the clear open-ended box. Hint...hint. ;-)

alcurb1 year ago

I kept that piece of plastic in case there was something that I can do with it and you gave me the solution. Thanks for the 'ible.
I suggest you glue a piece of thin sheet of soft material like rubber, felt, fabric, etc to the magnets to avoid scratches on car's painted surface.

alcurb alcurb1 year ago

Oh I just saw your last sentence. You are already addressing the surface issue. Cheers.